Upgrades are coming for Boonville’s Erwin Park starting with a new splash pad for kids this construction season.
Ultimately, the park will also get a new swimming pool, amphitheater, large parking lots, improved bathrooms and possibly a year-round skating rink using synthetic ice. It’s part of a series of upgrades the village hopes to begin this year.
“My goal is to have everything done within five years,” village streets superintendent Eric Salmon said.
To make the improvements more affordable, the work will be done in phases. Work on upgraded bathrooms has already started. Salmon said he hopes to start work on the splash park this spring.
The village is working with the park and playground planning firm Parkitects of Lansing, near Ithaca. The splash park is to have 13 types of sprayers with a motion-activated frog theme, aimed at children ranging in age from toddlers to age 10, and be accessible to children with disabilities.
The new swimming pool would be 80 by 40 feet wide. The existing pool would say, with a dock installed for use of kayaks and the like, Salmon said.
The village public works department will do much of the work in order to save money, Salmon said.
“We’re just kind of saving and doing a lot of it in-house so we can save money that way, that and donations.”